Financial Hardship Available for Drought Affected

Maranoa Regional Council has received funding from the Queensland State Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to provide support to residents affected by drought.

The Flexible Financial Hardship Support includes assistance of up to $500 per household and is available for drought affected residents who reside in the Maranoa Regional Council area.

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Two options are available for those seeking support:

Option 1:

$500 in $50 vouchers to be used at selected grocery stores in the Maranoa region.

Option 2:

Financial assistance of up to $500 for a specific bill/account (paid accounts will be reimbursed).

Chair for Economic Development, Councillor Cameron O’Neil says it is a great opportunity for those who have been impacted by the drought to receive a helping hand.

“With over 66% of Queensland drought declared, we can’t deny the impact this is having on towns and regions throughout the state. I encourage our landholders to seek support from this round of funding.”

Cr O’Neil says that by using the vouchers or financial assistance to pay bills for local suppliers, this will also have a positive impact on the small businesses in our towns.

He says funding is limited and asks applicants who may be eligible to apply early.

“A copy of your rates notice must be provided to confirm residency and/or a copy of a bill to accompany your application. In instances where a resident is keen to ensure payment of the bill by a due date, it is recommended that residents make payment and seek reimbursement via the application process.”

To apply visit: www.maranoa.qld.gov.au

To view the drought declaration areas, visit: https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/drought/droughtdeclarations/